Even though the warm weather is starting to show up in Toronto, many of us are still looking to escape the city. Whether you're planning a trip for a special occasion or just going for fun, it may interest you to try a destination other than standards like Paris or Jamaica.

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Here are 12 unique travel destinations you and your partner need to visit at least once in your life:


Lizard Island, Australia

Lizard Island is a quiet retreat 33 km off the coast of Australia that features several breathtaking views, including mountain ranges, white beaches, and colourful reefs along the ocean floor. Although the island has a five-star luxury hotel, there are no shops on the island or cellular signal, so this destination would perhaps be more suitable for those who are really looking to get away from all forms of distraction.


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo was once a place of despair due to wars and armed conflict in the 90s, but it has since been restored into a beautiful city brimming with cozy cafes and stunning Hungarian architecture. It also has several green areas and trails to explore.


Pafos, Cyprus

Pafos is the perfect place to go to if you're looking to escape your troubles. It is home to several all-day breakfasts and bars, as well as historic sites like medieval baths, catacombs and churches that history buffs will surely appreciate. Plus, you get to wake up to the beautiful Mediterranean Sea every morning.


Èze, France

Èze is a relatively unknown medieval village in France that offers a similar type of charm as Paris. Several winding lanes are lined with little houses and shops on a hill that overlooks the coast. If there's any place you must stop by, it's the Jardin Exotique - a cactus garden at the top of the village that gives the best panoramic view of the area.


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Grindavik, Iceland

Grindavik is a popular tourist destination particularly because it is the home of Blue Lagoon, one of the best hot springs in the world. The water is naturally heated to a comfortable 38 degrees Celsius, and is rich with beneficial components such as salts, silica mud and blue-green algae. Apart from Blue Lagoon, Grindavik also has great Icelandic food spots that are definite must-trys for any new visitor.


Les Saintes, Guadeloupe

Les Saintes is the island to visit if you ever travel to Guadeloupe. The island is less developed than most other areas in the Caribbean, so you'll really get an authentic taste of the island life. There are several restaurants, beaches, hotels and water activities that you can try during your visit.


Kuda Huraa, Maldives

The Maldives have perhaps the best beaches in the world, boasting crystal clear waters and snow white beaches. All resorts in the Maldives are five-star qualit  and are situated on their own private islands. Aside from resorts, the Maldives also have some of the best snorkelling and diving spots out there.


Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor is a beautiful town with a whole lot of nostalgic charm. It is comfortably seated between majestic European mountains and there are several places to check out within the city, including historic churches, bars, shops and restaurants.


Bazaruto, Mozambique

Bazaruto is one of five main islands in Mozambique. It is particularly interesting because of its vibrant wildlife. It's common to see dolphins flipping in the distant waters and turtles waddling through the sand. Like Lizard Island, Bazaruto is relatively isolated from the more populous city centre, so it is a better location for nature exploring rather than shopping and nightlife.


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Noumea, New Caledonia

Noumea, like Toronto, is home to a lively multicultural community which contributes to the overall eclectic character of the city. It is surrounded by magnificent bays and landforms, and there are several places to shop, dine and party within the city centre.


São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé is definitely appropriate for individuals looking for a full retreat from the city life. Tourism has only recently started to rise in this country, so there aren't any major resorts set up on the island. However, it has several locally-run hotels and small businesses that make for a relaxing and enjoyable experience.


La Digue, Seychelles

La Digue is not as popular of a tourist location as is its island counterparts, but that's perhaps what makes it all the more worthy of your visit. Nature enthusiasts will definitely appreciate the more laid-back atmosphere and isolation - it is the closest to paradise as an island can get.


Source: lonelyplanet.com

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